In an attempt to shame critics and film makers, Brent Bozell tried to paint the pre-release support of Kick Ass as some elite liberal lefty media cause.
Now, I am not surprised…Bozell is about a certain type of Christian Conservative Paranoia pandering. Facts get in the way of most of his “pro-family” arguments. He’s part of that group that sincerely thinks it is hard to be a Christian in America. Who sees calling the Catholic Church to accountability as mere attacks and smears of a pure and holy organization. That there is no criticism of Obama from the left. That complain about sit-coms poking fun at Frosty the Snow man. In the article he nicely omits that there were conservatives and libertarians that defended not just the film Kick Ass, but Hit Girl in specifics. And very notable liberal critics also slammed the movie. But those are not useful bits of information. I am particularly tickled by the suggestion that the film’s box office somehow embarrasses the people who liked it and gave it good reviews.
Just because a movie has poor box office, and was not a cultural hit? Doesn’t mean it was not good. I am not embarrassed by liking movies that were not hits. And sometimes, it’s true, a good movie failed because audiences just were not ready or did not know what they were going in to see. But they were expecting something other than what they got.
But if Box office success is so meaningful..what about the success of Avatar, Brent? Mr. Bozell is pretty quiet, at least, he doesn’t seem to have devoted a column yet trying to prove how it’s success is proof that people don’t want to see movies with violence or pro-environmental messages in them.* Avatar is an okay movie. But it raked in far more than superior movies have. So, it must be high art and not junk. After all, the masses saw it, and we know that box office is how you know junk is junk. The people voted… right?
*Oh wait-Bozell mocked someone for suggesting the success of Avatar is proof American’s acceptance of certain values-or the rejection of Sarah Palin and Tea Party folks who cry Drill Baby Drill.